Dr Oz, Dr Weil, Dr Jim Nicolai, Dr Russ Greenfield & Dr Victoria Maizes

By on March 1, 2011

Dr Oz did a segment called The Medical Renegades: Fighting For Unconventional Answers with Dr Andrew Weil and three of his next generation doctors: Dr Jim Nicolai, Dr Russell Greenfield and Dr Victoria Maizes.  Doctor Oz knows that we want to trust our doctor to be up to date on the latest in medicine, but there are secrets of a revolutionary new approach to medicine that fight for unconventional answers.  This fairly new field is called Integrative Medicine and Dr Andrew Weil is certainly the expert in that area.

Dr Oz: Dr Andrew Weil & Integrative Medicine

Dr Andrew Weil challenges conventional wisdom and instead looks at the combination of both Western Medicine and Eastern Medicine.  His goal is to allow natural Dr Oz Dr Andrew Weilhealing mechanisms to come into play and to heal people.  Dr Weil trains doctors to be a new generation of health professionals in the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, though now there are Integrative Medicine departments available in universities across the country.

Dr Oz said that many people call Dr Andrew Weil the Guru of Alternative Medicine, but Dr Weil says that he is not a guru.  He considers himself to be a physician and a teacher.  He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and is thoroughly trained in traditional medicine.  Dr Weil also said he does not like the term Alternative Medicine because it suggests replacing conventional medicine, which is not his aim.  If you have a car accident, you want to go to a hospital, not to a shaman.

Dr Oz: Integrative Medicine

Dr Weil said that he listens to he patients for 60 minutes during his first visit with them, because it is important to take the time.  Dr Oz said that is always makes him so angry when he hears that doctors are not listening to patients.  The problem is that doctors are told how many patients they have to see in an hour, so they have to move fast – many doctors hate it just as much as their patients do.

Dr Weil introduced us to three of the next generation of doctors in Integrative Medicine: Dr Jim Nicolai, Dr Russell Greenfield and Dr Victoria Maizes.  Integrative Medicine believes there are always two experts: the physician and the patient.  Another key to Integrative Medicine is understanding that stress is a major complication for everyone’s health.  75-90% of all doctors visits have a stress-related component, which is why we must focus on how we live.  Dr Maizes said that women often come to her and say that an ObGyn said to take a certain medication for bones, and she asks if it is really necessary.  In Integrative Medicine, they have a decision tool and look at nutritional options and tea, as well as conventional medication.  Another key component to Integrative Medicine is food science and how specific foods can help your health.  By eating certain foods you can help prevent heart disease and cancer.  Dr Weil’s goal is for the term Integrative Medicine to eventually drop the word “Integrative” and to just be considered Good Medicine!

Dr Oz: How To Find An Integrative Medicine Physician

Dr Oz asked how can someone find a physician who practices Integrative Medicine.  Dr Andrew Weil has a training program and a 1000 hour fellowship, so you can look for doctors who come from this program.  You can also look for doctors who belong to the American Holistic Medical Association.  A few questions that Dr Maizes suggested that you ask your doctor include: would you refer me for an alternative treatment? And can you refer a practitioner to me?  Dr Oz said that you should look at how they answer the questions as well as the actual answer they give you.  Dr Weil said that patients must demand these things.  You can ask your ObGyn if they work with a nutritionist or someone who does acupuncture.  Dr Greenfield said that insurance does not generally cover prevention, and this is definitely something that we must change.  So when you see an Integrative Practitioner, it is usually paid for out-of-pocket.

Don’t forget to read about Dr Oz’s next segment which included some of the best Integrative Medicine Secrets like Ashwagandha, Juvenon & Black Cohosh Tea!

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